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The iHealth Blood Pressure Dock is a fantastic piece of tech that will allow anyone, regardless of experience, ability, or consciousness to have their blood pressure taken and monitored over time.
The free app that works alongside the actual blood pressure dock and arm cuff is simple, easy to use, and can be set up with multiple users. This allows families to keep track of more than one family member who might want or need to do so.
While high blood pressure is no laughing matter and should be monitored by a doctor or licensed health care provider, the iHealth blood pressure dock is ideal for tracking blood pressure in between doctor visits.
To use, I just placed my iPad into the docking connector, leaning it up against the back of the dock, placed the cuff around my arm, fastened the velcro-like closure and launched the app. Tapping the big, yellow Start button makes sense. I could have swiped to the right and entered my own data manually to the app if I wasn't using the iHealth dock - a great feature to include and track doctor's office measurements.
The cuff squeezed my arm in a professional manner, took my blood pressure, and left me with a result screen. I couldn't ask for more. Tapping on the Share button at the bottom of the screen allows me to share my blood pressure to Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, or another total health tracking app, TargetWeight PRO. I can delete the results, read a little FAQ that helps me define Blood Pressure, high blood pressure, and what to expect from the monitoring system (app and hardware). The FAQ covers topics like how to prepare for the tes, how it will feel, and how to understand the results.
Bottom line, the well-designed plastic iHealth blood pressure dock is a solid piece of tech for anyone who wants to monitor their blood pressure at home. It works with iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch devices, and a large cuff version is available for the same price.